New Traffic Signal at Valley Ave NW/27th Ave Ct NW
A new traffic signal is being installed near the westerly city limits on Valley Avenue NW and 27th Ave Ct NW as a part of the proposed Port 167 Distribution Center development project. The signal is scheduled to go active during the last week of February.
The signal will include a “flashing yellow arrow” signal display instead of the traditional “green ball” signal to provide safer, more efficient left turns for motorists along Valley Ave NW. A “flashing yellow arrow” means that left turns are allowed, but drivers must yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
Studies by the Federal Highway Administration suggest flashing yellow arrows increase safety because they are more effective at getting drivers to yield to oncoming traffic. They have been installed at several locations in this region including Pierce County, Federal Way, Everett, Vancouver, Bellevue, and Redmond.
New Corrections Officer at PPD
Jason Humble joined the corrections staff at the Puyallup Police Department. He fills a position that was vacated when Steve Veltung recently accepted a position in the City’s communications center. Corrections Officer Humble grew up locally but moved to Arizona shortly after high school. He worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections for approximately four years before deciding to return to Washington where he worked at the Enumclaw Jail. CO Humble is married and has a one year old daughter. Welcome aboard, Jason!
“Love and Heartache” in Puyallup
The Annual State of the Cities Luncheon (hosted by the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce) was held at the Best Western Premier Plaza in Puyallup on February 14th. In keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, presenters were asked to provide “love and heartache” aspects to the City presentations. Presenters from the City included Mayor John Knutsen, City Manager Bill McDonald, Deputy Chief Dave McDonald, Development Services Director Tom Utterback, and Public Works Director Rob Andreotti. This annual luncheon is a great way to showcase the achievements of the previous year and discuss some of the challenges the City faces. This is also an opportunity for some good-natured ribbing between Puyallup and our neighbors in Sumner.
Library Program Receives Award from the Heritage League of Pierce County
The Puyallup Library’s “Meet Eliza Jane Meeker” program won a "Special Project" award from the Heritage League of Pierce County. The Heritage League is an organization comprised of more than forty heritage organizations throughout the county. “Meet Eliza Jane Meeker” was one of the most successful adult programs ever organized by the Puyallup Library. Library staff members Debi Rinehart and Deborah Larkin were the forces behind this amazing program, which attracted over 120 members of the community. Ms. Rinehart accepted the award on behalf of the library.
The citation, which can be seen on the Heritage League’s Facebook page, reads:
Special Project Award: Puyallup Library, Debi Rinehart and Deborah Larkin For their 100th Anniversary Commemoration which fostered collaboration with the historical community, raised a passion for local heritage and established an on-going “history corner”.
Featured this Week on Pierce County News – “Puyallup Police Use Social Media To Solve Crimes”
Pierce County TV (PCTV) is currently featuring a video clip regarding the emerging importance of social media’s use as a law enforcement tool in the City of Puyallup. The video features Puyallup PD Captain Scott Engel. To view the video, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiksl596uwQ&feature=youtu.be
New Utility Billing Address
The City's Utility Billing payment address has changed. City of Puyallup utility customers should update their records and notify their bank’s bill pay system. The new utility payments address for storm, sewer, and water is:
City of Puyallup Utilities
PO Box 35160
Seattle WA 98124-5160
Development Services Update
· Site development work is now beginning on the large “Stewart Crossing” residential project, located on West Stewart in the vicinity of 26th Avenue NW. The 67-acre site, approved in 2013, is being developed in phases over the next several years. Phase I work has started in the SE portion of the property. Phase I of the development consists of 153 single family homes on approximately 23.7 acres. Current work includes demolition of some existing structures, as well as initial clearing of the site. The applicant plans to begin construction of the Phase I homes later in 2014. This multi-phase project is expected to take a number of years and will ultimately include 368 new residential units.
· “Total Wine & More,” a large retailer of wine and spirits, is getting closer to the opening of their new store in the South Hill Village Shopping Center (near 31st Avenue SE-South Meridian). For several months, Total Wine & More has been renovating the retail tenant space formerly occupied by Office Depot. Various upgrades to this tenant space, both on the interior and the exterior façade, are now approaching completion. The new store is tentatively scheduled to open for business in early March.
· City development review staff held a pre-application meeting this past week with a property owner seeking to subdivide an approximately 10.5 acre property in the 2700 block of 12th Avenue SW. The proposal would create up to 12 new single family residential lots on the site.
Community Resource Center Gets a New Look
The City of Puyallup began work several weeks ago on the Community Resource Center (CRC), located at 109 N. Meridian. The City is attempting to restore the original appearance of the building’s facade, helping to preserve the historic character of downtown Puyallup. The 6,000 square foot building has been deemed surplus property by the City and is currently for sale.
The property is being listed by Denny Elvins, a broker for Gateway Commercial. Mr. Elvins has deep ties to the CRC as his family leased the building from 1948 to 1963 to operate the Elvins Department Store. The structure was originally built for JC Penney in 1923. When JC Penney moved to the corner of Meridian and Meeker Street in 1948, Elvins Department Store moved in. In 1963, the building became the State Savings and Loan Association. An investor later purchased the property, and eventually the building became the property of the City.
Facilities staff and Auburn-based contractor Edgecon, Inc. are in the process of removing the temporary council chambers and interior walls from the CRC. The remodel will maximize the interior floor space, bring in natural light, and help highlight the unique character of the building. The work is expected to be done within the next two months.
Seniors “Wine, Dine, and Win” On An Overnight Excursion
Recently, thirty seniors from Puyallup, University Place, and Federal Way spent three days wining, dining, and definitely winning on the 3rd annual “Wine, Dine, & Win” Overnight Excursion. Our participants enjoyed three days of fun, food, and gaming at the Tulalip, Silver Reef, and Swinomish Casinos. Side trip adventures included: shopping in Bellingham’s historical Fairhaven community; exploring and wine tasting in charming La Conner; dining at the beautiful Chuckanut Manor, located along scenic byway Chuckanut Drive; site seeing at Deception Pass and Coupeville; and a return ride home via the Clinton/Mukilteo Ferry.
Pioneer Park Recreation Upgrades
The Pioneer Park Recreation Upgrades project is progressing on-schedule, working toward a July 3rd opening. The project is currently in the permitting stage with the Pierce County Health Department and the City. It is expected that the project will go out to bid for construction by April, with groundbreaking to start in May. The project will replace the aging play structure in Pioneer Park as well as remove the out-of-code wading pool and install a new spray park in the northwest corner of the park.
St. Valentine’s Day Party
The Puyallup Activity Center hosted its annual St. Valentine’s Day Party on Saturday, February 15th, at the Pioneer Park Pavilion. This popular event was attended by 250 seniors festively dressed for the holiday. Entertainment was provided by the Activity Center’s very own Belly Dance Class - the “Sa’Diyah Dancers,” the fabulous Touch of Class Band, and the Activity Center’s very popular DJ Musa Kalis. The party also included lunch and beautiful dessert cakes donated by Mayor John Knutsen and the Silver Creek Retirement Community. Generous seniors donated 297 pounds of food for the Puyallup Food Bank as part of the event. Special guests included Mayor John Knutsen, Deputy Mayor John Hopkins, and City Council Member Heather Shadko; all who helped make this party a fun and fantastic day for all of our wonderful seniors!
Milwaukee Bridge Replacement Project
In December, the City Council accepted the consultant contract with BergerABAM of Federal Way to begin design work on Phase I of the Milwaukee Bridge Replacement Project.
Starting last week, a sub-consultant of BergerABAM, Pan GEO, began performing onsite investigations of soil at the south end of the structure. These soil samples will be used to determine the appropriate type of foundation required to support the proposed structure. The samples will also help BergerABAM better understand the properties of the soil and whether or not they can be used in the project.
BergerABAM has also started surveying on site. This activity will generate a base map for use in design and layout of the proposed structure.
Puyallup PD Honored For Timely Reporting
The Puyallup Police Department was recently honored by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission for being 1 of only 4 agencies in the state who reported fatal accidents within 4 days, as required by RCW 46.52.030. In 2013, 43 city police departments submitted fatal crash reports. The overall average number of reporting days ranged from 1 to 96. The PPD’s records staff and Major Collision Response Team do a great job of ensuring that the department complies with this RCW.
4th Ave SE Water Main Replacement Project
Construction for the 4th Ave SE Water Main Replacement Project is ongoing. Although progress has been impeded by recent inclement weather events, the project is still on schedule. The project has a scheduled timeframe of sixty working days and is expected to be completed by the end of April. The new water main installed in this project will ensure adequate level of service and fire flows. Replacing the service connections along the street will bring the entire street to updated standards.
Mark Your Calendars
· February 25 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· February 28 – J.A. Jance Book Signing, Library Meeting Rooms, 7:00 pm
· March 4 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· March 18 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· March 25 - Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm
· April 5 – Daffodil Parade, Downtown Puyallup, 12:45 pm
· April 8 – City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 6:30 pm· April 12 – Puyallup Farmer’s Market Opening Day, Pioneer Park and the Pavilion, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm